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The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, by Eugene Rogan
We are now at the end of the Second Balkan War. Having recovered some of the previously lost territories, there was a new sense of optimism. For decades, the outskirts of Empire were whittled away, mostly by colonial Western powers – a dying empire. The end result of this most recent war was to turn the tide…if only momentarily.
The Ottomans were determined to play both sides against the other in the fast-approaching war, delaying for an extended period any real commitment to one side or the other. Ultimately, there was only one choice that was likely.
On the one hand, Britain, France and Russia; on the other, Germany. The Triple Entente was represented by the colonialists: France and Britain already making moves on Ottoman territories, Russia, the perennial foe, with an eye on the Straits and the Christian communities in Eastern Anatolia – bordering the Russian Caucasus Mountains. The Entente powers might talk nice in order to win the Ottomans to their cause, but their actions spoke louder than words.
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It was not helpful when the two state-of-the-art dreadnoughts – commissioned by the Ottomans, scheduled for delivery by the British shipbuilders Vickers and Armstrong in July 1914 – were requisitioned by the British shortly before the (ever-delayed) scheduled delivery.
The day after the British decision, the Ottomans concluded a secret treaty of alliance with Germany, a nation with whom they already held a close relationship. While the Germans would be the strong friend that the…